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Drumroll, Please!

So there have been some little glitches with washing hair and twisting my knee a little and one little area that’s not healing perfectly (should be ok). I’m still quite uncomfortable, but . . . none of it matters. What matters is I DON’T HAVE CANCER. I am a PREVIVOR. The breast surgeon called to say that there were many, many areas of abnormal tissue and that I was a “ticking time bomb” (my words). She said that cancer was just waiting to happen, and I got it in time and shouldn’t doubt any part of my decision for a second. SO many tears of joy and relief. I’m proud that I followed the harder but more forward-looking path!
THANK YOU FRIENDS AND FAMILY NEAR AND FAR. The cards. The packages. The flowers. The emails. The Facebook posts. The phone calls. I do need to send one particular shout out to my new friend, Kristine, who lives in New Jersey. She saw a post I wrote on a Prophylactic Mastectomy group on Facebook describing my LCIS diagnosis. It’s not so common, and she, too, has this diagnosis. She reached out to me, and we’ve become close offering for each other a sounding board, an opinion, support, encouragement, etc. Today, she sent me a package filled with the most special and beautiful care package. I am astonished how, again and again, blessings come from struggle. Kristine and all of you are true blessings to me.
I still have a ways to go and some hurdles to jump through. The tissue expanders that have to stay in me for a few months before the actual implants can be placed are painful and there’s still risk of infection. I’m doing everything I’m told to make that unlikely and will have to work on developing a higher threshold for discomfort than I’ve had in the past. I was sent a lovely quote -- “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” That’s the plan.
On another note, for those who are able, I’m eager for short visits and outings and celebrations (more energy each day), so feel free to let me know if you’d like to come by.
All my love!

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